Apple spice or pumpkin spice? Hayrides or haunted houses? Scarecrows or jack o’lanterns? With so much wrapped up into one single month, it’s easy to see how anyone can get carried away by the season. It’s also why we love October – there is simply so much to do and enjoy – especially here in the Tualatin Valley! And whatever tickles your fancy, be it the spooky holiday at the end of the month or all the harvest festivals, there is sure to be something fun to do for you and yours. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite October happenings…
We love handcrafted and we love local. We also love supporting our schools, which is why Art in the Burbs really hits a home run for us. Featuring 70+ local artists, including some truly outstanding student artists, food vendors and live music, this artist showcase has been raising money to support art education in our schools for 20 years. This is a unique chance to find some one-of-a-kind gifts, or pick something up for yourself – we won’t tell – all while supporting a good cause!
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we also love driving, and any chance to get in the car and go exploring is a win in our book. So you’re likely to see us taking advantage of another chance to go for a drive and explore the Washington County Open Studios Tour, trying to visit as many studios as we can.
FARMER’S MARKETS, DINNERS & FESTIVALS
It is a bountiful season and fall harvest is in full swing through the month of October with farm to table dinners, festivals, and farmer’s markets throughout the valley, including the Tigard Farmers Market and Bull Mountain Farmers Market.
The Tualatin Valley has a plethora of working farms and world class vineyards, which is a recipe in the making for the perfect evening in the country. The season is winding down, but October still holds a few gems for you to taste the bounty of the season, including the Field & Vine Dinner at Cornell Farms and the Ponzi Harvest Dinner.
The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta – This is the granddaddy of them all! Featuring giant pumpkins (we’re talking several-hundred-pound pumpkins) and a whole community of costumed participants vying for a chance to get in a pumpkin and paddle around the Lake of the Commons, this quirky little event is a perennial favorite. With local vendors, llamas, pie eating contests (pumpkin of course), costume contests and all things pumpkin, it may just seem like silly fun, but this family friendly festival is serious business attracting thousands of visitors and participants from around the globe. Oh yeah, it’s also free!
What could be more “Octobery” than a pumpkin patch? We don’t know! And lucky for us, we have plenty of local farms serving up good old-fashioned family fun at their homegrown pumpkin patches. Hayrides, corn mazes, pony rides, farm animals, kettle corn, apple cider, apple pies, pumpkin donuts and pumpkins of course – all within a short drive away! So, pack up your family, head out to the farm, and enjoy and these last days of fall: Lee Farms and Ryser’s Farm in Tualatin; and Papa’s Pumpkin Patch in Sherwood.
Whether you’re visiting art shows and pumpkin patches, or just taking in the fall colors, be sure to take care of your car first. After all, October is Car Care Month!
Your October Car Care Check-List:
1. Check (or change!) your vehicle’s fluid levels including your engine oil; power steering, brake and transmission fluids, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
2. Inspect your hoses and belts for signs of age or excessive wear like cracks, fraying or brittleness.
3. Test your battery and replace if necessary. You also want to make sure all the connections are clean and corrosion-free.
4. Check your brakes and get a thorough inspection before the rains come!
5. Check your heating and ventilating, including your front and rear defrosters.
6. Test your engine’s performance for power, fuel economy and emissions, which leads us to the next tip…
7. Check your exhaust system for leaks or any damage. This is something most of us don’t think about, but an experienced mechanic will include in a full inspection of your vehicle. If you’re uncertain if this has been done, make sure it’s on your list to do this month.
8. Inspect your car’s steering and suspension system – something you should do annually anyway.
9. Of course, you should always check your wipers and all your lights before the shorter, rainy days hit and lastly,
10. Check your tires before the streets are slick with rain and wet leaves!
We hope you have a fun and safe October and don’t let the goblins give you too much of a fright on the 31st! If you need any help with your vehicle this month, or any time of year, know you can always count on us.